Back in Poll Question 039 I asked how important is the end of a game.
Thankfully nearly everybody said “Very Important”. But what if you never get to the end?
This week’s poll question is:
What’s the most important part of a game?
Below are the 3 choices. Of course no game is simply a beginning, a middle and an end but often they have separate objectives.
Without doubt my favourite gaming moment of all time was when I started Half-Life. for the very first time. I had been playing Unreal and as many SP mods as I could find and thought I would never love a game as much as I loved Unreal.. I had heard about Half-Life but resisted the desire to play until I could buy all 3 releases in one go. Once that train ride started I was hooked. Whatever happened in the rest of the game I was going to play to the end. The start of the actual gameplay was also very cool for me.
Did this seminal start completely affect how I felt for the rest of the game? How would I have felt if I had played from the second level onwards? Who knows, because there’s no going back now.
Ok, let me be honest and tell you immediately….This is the most important part of a game for me. “Why?” Because I always play through the beginning, not matter how bad the game is. I did the same with Doom 3, Quake 4, and Gene Troopers, to name but a few. That’s why, even though my review didn’t sound as though I liked it, I did in fact like Alpha Prime because I actually finished it!
I will suffer through the beginning of a game in the hope that the middle gets better. However, if the beginning and middle are bad then the end will probably be bad and I think “Why bother continuing?”
If I get this far then I just hope the ending isn’t terrible. Rarely do game endings meet or exceed my expectations. Sometimes the levels themselves are good, HL2 EP1 for example, but the ending as a whole (The level, the story etc) rarely is great. In fact I am trying to think of an ending that I really enjoyed. Okay, it’s official, I can’t think of one game ending I really enjoyed. Mmmmm…. Maybe the ending to Unreal.